Writing 102, Section 91
April 6, 2014
The Inhumane Treatment
Earthlings can be defined as an inhabitant of the earth. It can safely be said then that human and animals fit into this category since we all inhabit the earth. Therefore animals and people should be treated equally since we share common desires like food, companionship, and shelter, but sadly this is not the case. Humans being the dominant species treat other earthlings as objects. Humans have the greater power to get to decide when, where, and how these animals will die. As said by Paul Solotaroff of Rolling Stones Magazine, “Each year, an estimated 9 billion broiler chickens, 113 million pigs, and 33 million cows are raised for our consumption in dark, filthy, pestilent barns”. From the point of being born to being slaughtered industrial farms treat these animals maliciously. These animals should be treated humbly although their futures do include slaughter. All Industrial food production companies play a vast role in the inhumane treatment of farm animals, but do have the prospect to modify these practices. The sole purpose of cows grown on industrial food production farms is for milk and meat. When the cattle are first born they are “removed from their mother straight after birth” (“Impacts of Industrial Agriculture”). What these cows are raised for varies. Males are raised for breeding purposes to produce more cattle. Others are used for milking and meat purposes. The process of these different jobs vary as well, but all cows will at some point go through some sort of transportation to different farms and dehorning. The cows are packed to tightly into trailers that they are literally on top of one another (Earthlings). With the freezing temperatures and fatigue these cattle go through during transportation many die just during trip to another farm. Cattle are also dehorned without any anesthetic so they can feel it all. In the documentary Earthlings, secret video footage shows men using...
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